Research and Resources

Localities shifted away from DB plans
April 7, 2020
A new issue brief highlights changes in local government retirement plans as compared to state plans with respect to shifts away from traditional defined benefit structures. The key findings are: In 2018, 19 percent of large localities had a defined contribution (DC), cash balance, or hybrid plan for new hires, instead of a stand-alone defined benefit […]
How Does the Public Health Workforce Compare with the Broader Public Sector?
March 10, 2020
As the nation faces increased strains on its public health workforce from the COVID-19 outbreak, this new primer describes the current public health workforce size, expectations for growth, employee demographics, job tenure, and the skill sets most in demand. This description is offered against the broader backdrop of the overall state and local government sector. […]
Use of Individual Medicare Markeplaces for Public Sector Retiree Health Care: A Guide for Elected Officials
March 2, 2020
As many state and local governments face inadequate funding levels for retiree healthcare obligations, a new report offers policymakers with a guide to individual Medicare marketplaces.
February 11, 2020
This issue brief discusses police and fire retirement benefits as a portion of overall compensation and local government expenditures. Other key factors explored are the expected and appropriate retirement age of public safety staff and whether or not Social Security is part of the total benefits package. Such context can be helpful in considering the […]
Workforce 2030 Summit
November 25, 2019
Following the Public Workforce 2030 Summit hosted by SLGE, the National League of Cities, and ICMA-RC in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the key takeaways and discussion were compiled in this report. This summit is one of a recurring, biennial series for SLGE, in this case exploring current and future issues in the public sector workforce and […]
November 14, 2019
Download this one-page fact sheet excerpted from SLGE’s report on Innovations in the Health and Human Services Workforce. Click here to view the related webinar slides and recording.
Health Human Services Workforce
November 13, 2019
State and local governments face greater competition for talent even as the demand for specialized health and human services (HHS) jobs grows, according to a new report from the Center for State and Local Government Excellence (SLGE) and Kronos. The research includes examples of successful retention strategies and innovation, and it highlights the key drivers […]
Infographic Employee Financial Literacy
October 25, 2019
SLGE survey research on state and local government financial literacy programs includes this infographic on current practice and employee preferences for how such programs might be delivered. A follow-up report will include further discussion of the research as well as related case studies. The Center also compiled an initial report of existing financial literacy programs […]
Funded status state and local pensions
October 1, 2019
The funded ratio for public pension plans edged up slightly to 73 percent in fiscal year 2018. Additionally, research indicates that liability growth for the pension plans slowed dramatically from 2001 to 2018, but still exceeded asset growth over the period. This issue brief from SLGE and the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College […]
Proactive pension management: A Guide for Elected Officials
September 18, 2019
A new report on proactive pension management from SLGE and AARP provides policymakers and stakeholders with an overview of the use of variable benefit and contribution arrangements in public pension plans. Under variable benefit and contribution arrangements, a pre-set formula drives occasional adjustments – increases or decreases – in retirement benefits and/or contributions to help […]
K-12 Infographic excerpt
September 16, 2019
Those working in kindergarten through 12th grade represent 46 percent of the total state and local government workforce. SLGE has compiled this K-12 infographic to provide an overview of the workforce data for those employed in public schools. For broader employment trends, see also SLGE’s annual state and local workforce survey and report on the […]
September 3, 2019
SLGE has completed two collections of case studies on shared staffing in public health, along with a related checklist for pursuing such arrangements. This link brings together all those resources in a single location.